We found 3 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept HealthLink HMO near Chesterfield, MO.

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Dr. Richard H Gelberman, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
14532 S Outer 40; Suite 200
Chesterfield, MO
 

Dr. Richard Gelberman works as a hand surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in Chesterfield, MO and Saint Louis, MO. He is especially interested in hand problems, wrist problems, and musculoskeletal problems. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gelberman attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin for residency. Dr. Gelberman's professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Fractures, Musculoskeletal Problems, Hand ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeremy James McCormick, MD
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
14532 S Outer 40; Suite 200
Chesterfield, MO
 

Dr. Jeremy McCormick works as a foot and ankle surgeon and orthopedist. Dr. McCormick's areas of expertise include reconstructive surgery. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts. Dr. McCormick speaks Italian. His professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Hallux Valgus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Neuromuscular Disorders, External Fixation, Reconstructive ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey Einer Johnson, MD
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
14532 S Outer 40; Suite 200
Chesterfield, MO
 

Dr. Jeffrey Johnson is a foot and ankle surgeon and orthopedist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Johnson include foot reconstruction and ankle reconstruction. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine. After completing medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Johnson performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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What is an Autoimmune Disorder?

An autoimmune disorder happens when the immune system mistakenly attacks the tissues of its own body, causing symptoms of illness. There are more than 80 different types of autoimmune disorders. While some are very rare, others are fairly common. Combined, autoimmune disorders are one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, affecting approximately 24 million people.

A properly working immune system identifies foreign substances in the body that might cause illness, such as bacteria and viruses. The immune system then creates antibodies which attack the foreign substances, neutralizing them and keeping the body safe. In people with autoimmune disorders, something goes wrong with this process. For reasons we don’t understand very well, the immune system creates antibodies to attack the patient’s own tissues.

Symptoms of an autoimmune disorder depend on which tissue is being attacked by the immune system, but common symptoms of autoimmune disease include fever, fatigue, and a general feeling of just not being well. Autoimmune disorders are more common in women than in men, and they may run in families. Autoimmune disorders can affect various parts of the body such as blood vessels, connective tissue, endocrine glands, joints, muscles, red blood cells, skin, and many others.

It is common to have more than one autoimmune disorder at a time. Most are chronic, or life-long illnesses, although they may come and go in flares. Treatment for autoimmune disorders depends on which part of the body is being attacked. For example:
  • A type 1 diabetic whose pancreas has been damaged will need insulin.
  • A person with Hashimoto’s whose thyroid has been damaged will need replacement thyroid hormones.
  • Someone with Sjogren’s syndrome will need eye drops and mouth rinses to replace tears and saliva.
Many autoimmune disorders of all kinds are treated with immune-suppressing medications, such as corticosteroids (e.g. prednisone) to reduce the effect of the immune system.
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